Swinging_Sixties_1963_1968's current selection is:
Woman
by Peter & Gordon
This pairing fascinated me whenever I watched them on black-and-white TV. Although Gordon Waller seemed overly similar to John Lennon in looks to the 12-year-old me, Peter Asher was very much an enigma physically. He had Buddy Holly glasses, ginger hair (in colour photographs) and a stage shyness which made you think "Why on earth does he want to do this kind of thing if it makes him feel uncomfortable?" I remember watching them in a guest appearance on the 'BBC' childrens' quiz/entertainment show "Crackerjack!" and thinking "Peter just does not want to be miming this in front of an audience of kids with an average age of nine - it's written all over his face". I forget which number they were performing, but I just came away wondering if stardom was worth that feeling of uneasiness or embarrassment. As it turned out, they didn't write their own stuff, had a limited novelty shelf life as a Beatle-esque duo, and went on to better things I'm sure. (See Fact 3 below for Asher's later success.)

'Peter & Gordon':
:: Paul McCartney wrote today's song for Peter Asher and Gordon Waller, but using the pseudonym 'Bernard Webb' (he did this to see if the public would appreciate the song on its own merits; however, he knew his cover had been blown after he saw a banner at a 'Beatles' show which said "Long Live Bernard Webb". ...
:: McCartney once went out with Asher's sister (the actress Jane Asher), which is how the two lads met. (In later years, she became an author and an expert on baked goods, and still runs her own business called Jane Asher Party Cakes.) ...
:: After 'Peter & Gordon' broke up in 1968, Asher became an enormously successful producer, initially as director of A&R at 'The Beatles' 'Apple Records', where he worked on James Taylor's first album.

In #1966 :
:: On April 21st this year, the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie visited Jamaica. Hysterical crowds of thousands of people greeted him the airport in the capital of Kingston. The Rastafarian population hailed him as a divine being, or God - and still do, even after his death. ...
:: Following the closure of the iconic Liverpool venue the Cavern Club, a massive campaign started to get it re-opened, started by their last resident band 'The Hideaways', in collaboration with local MP Bessie Braddock. 'The Hideaways' were the first group back on stage when the club re-opened on July 23rd 1966, and many thanks also had to go to the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson. ...
:: Nemo A534, a German Shepherd dog who served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, saved the life of his handler, Airman Robert Throneburg, on December 6th of this year. After coming under attack by the Viet Cong in the early hours, Throneburg was wounded and incapacitated. Crawling across his handler's body, Nemo guarded him against anyone who dared come near until medical help arrived. (In the process, the dog lost one eye after having suffered a gunshot wound to the nose. The bullet entered underneath his right eye and exited through his mouth.)

US: No. 14 - UK: No. 28
1966 - Columbia Records - United Kingdom - [Not blocked anywhere]
Posted: 12th July 2019
20
plays
19
likes
 
For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
87
Followers
Nothing currently playing...
Likes
Archive
All Swinging_Sixties_1963_1968's selections:
With 6 others
13 likes
21 Sep 2019
First
20 likes
19 - 21 Sep 2019
With 2 others
29 likes
17 - 19 Sep 2019
With 2 others
23 likes
15 - 17 Sep 2019